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Crap From The Past - November 7, 2008: Welcome, President Obama!

Published November 7, 2008

A pop music radio show for people who already know plenty about pop music, hosted by Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber and heard every Friday night from 10:30 to midnight on KFAI-FM, 90.3 FM Minneapolis, 106.7 FM St. Paul, and


Here is a listing of all shows saved to date and a listing of all the playlists to date.

LANDSLIDE - Dixie Chicks (released Aug 2002)
IT'S A NEW DAY - Skull Snaps (1973)
SAY IT LOUD I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD - James Brown (1968)
TIME TO CHANGE - Brady Bunch (1972)
YES WE CAN CAN - Treacherous Three
YES WE CAN PART 1 - Lee Dorsey (1970)
YES WE CAN CAN - Pointer Sisters (1973)
CHANGE OF THE GUARD - Steely Dan (1972)
ELEKIELTA (Here Comes The Sun) - The Clifters (1989)
WALKING ON SUNSHINE (12") - Katrina And The Waves (1985)
TELL ME I'M NOT DREAMING (TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE) - Jermaine Jackson and Michael Jackson (1984)
THE BEST MAN IN THE WORLD - Ann Wilson (1987)
I'LL DRINK TO YOU - Duke Jupiter (1982)
IN AMERICA - Charlie Daniels Band (1980)
THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER - Howard Jones (1985)
MACARENA - Star Turn (1996)
LOVIN' MACHINE - The Three Ring Circus (1968)
ALL OVER THE WORLD - Electric Light Orchestra (1980)

About the test files mentioned at the very end of this week's show:

I wrote a 10-second mono white noise file to CD (file "1"), which I brought into the studio with me, played on the air (with RMS levels set at 0 dB; there was no clipping), and captured from three different sources: directly off the KFAI mixing board (file "2"), from my FM receiver at home (file "3"), and from the 128 kbps mp3 stream from the archives at (file "4"). The original white noise source was mono, so I made the other three files mono as well - this effectively eliminates the static from my FM receiver.

I also repeated the process with 10 seconds of silence, in order to measure the noise floor. I took the stereo signal from the KFAI mixing board (file "5"), the signal from my FM receiver mixed down to mono to remove the static (file "6") and the stereo signal from the 128 kbps mp3 stream from the archives at (file "7"). There was no raising or lowering of the sound levels from the white noise test to the noise floor test.

All the files except "4" and "7" were created as uncompressed .WAV files, and were uploaded as such. Files "4" and "7" were edited out of the 128 kbps mp3 stream, were converted to .WAV files without changing the levels, and were uploaded as .WAV files. The scripts at generated the .FLAC, .OGG, and other .MP3 files.

These files may be of use in fine-tuning the EQ curve of KFAI's new 128 kbps mp3 stream, and hopefully making it sound like KFAI's FM signal. In my experience, KFAI's FM signal is one of the best-sounding I've heard, with a minimal amount of processing and compression.


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